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Welcome Dr. Michael Forehand as the new principal for SRS!

Follow him on Twitter: @MrForehand 

Staff Appreciation Week is Fast Approaching!

We love our teachers and staff at SRS and this is our week to show them our appreciation! We have many exciting events planned and we need your help! Please consider donating to the breakfast on Tuesd...more

February 8 - Monday
Black History Month
Teacher Appreciation Week
Chinese New Year
February 9 - Tuesday
Black History Month
Teacher Appreciation Week
February 10 - Wednesday
Black History Month
Teacher Appreciation Week
February 11 - Thursday
Black History Month
Teacher Appreciation Week
BoxTops collection
February 12 - Friday
Black History Month
Winter Break - No School
February 13 - Saturday
Black History Month
February 14 - Sunday
Black History Month
February 15 - Monday
Black History Month
Winter Break - No School
February 16 - Tuesday
Black History Month
Winter Break - No School
February 17 - Wednesday
Black History Month
2nd Grade - HTHT Force of Course
February 18 - Thursday
Black History Month
2nd Grade - HTHT Force of Course
5th Grade Field Trip
10:30 AM - 3rd Grade - Tattling Tales - Eleanor Roosevelt
February 19 - Friday
Black History Month
2nd Grade - HTHT Force of Course
5th Grade - Anne Frank Assembly
Read-A-Thon winners announced
7:25 AM - School Store Open at the PC
7:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
February 20 - Saturday
Black History Month
Starsrtuck
February 21 - Sunday
Black History Month
February 22 - Monday
Black History Month
February 23 - Tuesday
Black History Month
Pick up Hawks tickets
February 24 - Wednesday
Black History Month
Pick up Hawks tickets
12:00 PM - NAAPS Meeting
February 25 - Thursday
Black History Month
Read- A-Thon Sponsor money due
February 26 - Friday
Black History Month
7:25 AM - School Store Open at the PC
February 27 - Saturday
Black History Month
February 28 - Sunday
Black History Month
3:30 PM - Hawks SRS Family Day - Atlanta Hawks vs. Charlotte Hornets
February 29 - Monday
Black History Month
March 4 - Friday
7:25 AM - School Store Open at the PC
7:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
March 7 - Monday
Rising Kindergarten Registration Last Names begining with A-E
11:00 AM - K Field Trip
March 8 - Tuesday
Rising Kindergarten Registration last names begining with F-M
8:15 AM - 3rd Grade Field Trip
March 9 - Wednesday
Rising Kindergarten Registration last names begininning with N-T
8:30 PM - PTA Board Meeting
March 10 - Thursday
Rising Kindergarten Registration last names beginning with U-Z)
Spring Picture Day
5th Grade - HTHT Georgia Geologica
March 11 - Friday
Rising Kindergarten Registration - for anyone unable to attend on their designated day
Taste of Sarah Smith
5th Grade - HTHT Georgia Geologica
7:25 AM - School Store Open at the PC
8:15 AM - 3rd Grade Field Trip
March 15 - Tuesday
5th Grade Field Trip
4:00 PM - Art Show
March 18 - Friday
7:25 AM - School Store Open at the PC
7:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
March 21 - Monday
Spring Conferences
10:30 AM - Steering Committe Meeting
March 22 - Tuesday
Spring Conferences
6:30 PM - PTA General meeting (vote on next year's slate)
March 23 - Wednesday
Spring Conferences
3rd Grade - HTHT Fossils
12:00 PM - NAAPS Meeting
March 24 - Thursday
Spring Conferences
3rd Grade - HTHT Fossils
March 25 - Friday
Spring Conferences
3rd Grade - HTHT Fossils
7:25 AM - School Store Open at the PC
March 28 - Monday
Spring Conferences
Kindergarten Field Trip
March 29 - Tuesday
Spring Conferences
K - HTHT Rock N Roll -
March 30 - Wednesday
Spring Conferences
K - HTHT Rock N Roll
March 31 - Thursday
Spring Conferences
K - HTHT Rock N Roll -
April 1 - Friday
Spring Conferences
7:25 AM - School Store Open at the PC
7:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
9:30 AM - 1st Grade Field Trip
April 4 - Monday
Spring Break - No School
April 5 - Tuesday
Spring Break - No School
April 6 - Wednesday
Spring Break - No School
April 7 - Thursday
Spring Break - No School
April 8 - Friday
Spring Break - No School
April 11 - Monday
1st - HTHT Weather or Not
April 12 - Tuesday
1st - HTHT Weather or Not
April 13 - Wednesday
1st - HTHT Weather or Not -
9:00 AM - IC School Tour
10:00 AM - PC School Tour
8:30 PM - PTA Board Meeting
April 15 - Friday
7:25 AM - School Store Open at the PC
7:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
April 18 - Monday
10:30 AM - Steering Committe Meeting
April 20 - Wednesday
2nd - HTHT Space
April 21 - Thursday
2nd - HTHT Space
April 22 - Friday
Kindergarten Round-up
2nd - HTHT Space
7:25 AM - School Store Open at the PC
April 27 - Wednesday
9:30 AM - K Field Trip
12:00 PM - NAAPS Meeting
April 28 - Thursday
9:30 AM - K Field Trip
April 29 - Friday
7:25 AM - School Store Open at the PC
May 4 - Wednesday
8:30 PM - PTA Board Meeting
May 5 - Thursday
BoxTops Collection
May 6 - Friday
School Council: Deadline for parents Intent to Serve
7:25 AM - School Store Open at the PC
7:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
May 12 - Thursday
5th Grade PYP exhibition
May 13 - Friday
5th Grade PYP exhibition
7:25 AM - School Store Open at the PC
May 16 - Monday
International Travelers Week
10:30 AM - Steering Committe Meeting
May 17 - Tuesday
International Travelers Week
Local School Council Election Day
May 18 - Wednesday
International Travelers Week
May 19 - Thursday
International Travelers Week
May 20 - Friday
International Travelers Week
7:25 AM - School Store Open at the PC
7:30 AM - Fidelity Bank
May 24 - Tuesday
Honors Ceremony
May 25 - Wednesday
End of year parties
Last day of School!!
July 17 - Sunday
5th Grade Trip
July 18 - Monday
5th Grade Trip
July 19 - Tuesday
5th Grade Trip
July 20 - Wednesday
5th Grade Trip
July 21 - Thursday
5th Grade Trip
July 22 - Friday
5th Grade Trip
July 23 - Saturday
5th Grade Trip
July 24 - Sunday
5th Grade Trip
July 25 - Monday
5th Grade Trip

January 11, 2015

Friends and Families of Sarah Smith Elementary School,

It is an honor to serve each of you. Please know that the interview committee did a thorough job of screening, interviewing, and preparing for the selection of a new principal. From the very moment that I walked into the interview room, I could feel the passion and perseverance that the committee displayed for finding just the right educator to lead Sarah R. Smith (SRS) Elementary into the future. After attending the Macy’s tree lighting event at Lenox and spending a full day touring both campuses, I was further impressed by the talent of the children and high quality research -based teaching exemplified by our faculty and staff. Dr. Proctor has graciously spent countless hours helping me during my transition and it is evident that he is invested in the continued success of all friends and families of the Sarah Smith community. I commit to you that I will do all that I can to build on the collective work of Dr. Proctor and the SRS faculty and staff already in progress. The plan in place is well thought out, research -based, and showing success.

Many of you have asked, “What is your vision for our school?” There really isn’t a simple answer to that question. Over the next several months I will be spending a majority of my time observing instruction, building relationships, and listening to the hopes and desires of students, teachers, parents, and friends of Sarah Smith. My vision for Sarah Smith Elementary will be formed from these observations and experiences. After all, the students, teachers, parents, and community partners are the true ‘very important people’! We are a community school and it is our collective vision that will ultimately guide the next chapter for Sarah Smith. The support of the Parent Teacher Association, Sarah Smith Education Foundation, and the many partners and friends of the school is a cornerstone for continued success. I am eager to begin working with these entities as we plan for the future. I hope that you will take the time to come out and meet me January 12, 2016 at 7 PM during our general PTA Meeting. I intend to share a little about my background and experiences in education.

As we continue this journey, it is imperative that we continue to tell our story and celebrate our success. I enjoy sharing the hard work and dedication of my team through Twitter. Additionally, Twitter is a great way to share and learn with other schools across the nation. I challenge you to follow me @MrForehand. During my visits to classrooms in December, I had the opportunity to meet the children. After observing students explaining their thinking through Math Exemplars, participating in ‘hour of coding,’ and speaking the beautiful language of French, I was able to see the talent and love for school that our students enjoy. Working directly with students and teachers is my passion and I enjoy spending much of my day side by side with these most precious resources. When visiting each campus you will probably note that I am frequently in the classrooms. Please know that you are important to me. I want to give you the time and attention that you deserve with any thoughts, questions, or concerns that you may have, without taking time and attention away from teaching and learning. Should you find a need to speak with any member of the administrative team, simply call the school or stop by the office and make an appointment with our administrative assistant team. We are always willing and eager to spend time with you, our extended family. Furthermore, we welcome your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions. Feel free to e-mail me any time at Michael.Forehand@atlanta.k12.ga.us.

As a principal for the past four years, I have dedicated my lifeTo helping students and teachers achieve their goals. I have worked diligently to build strong partnerships with corporations and to build trust with stakeholders. Thank you for trusting me with our community’s most precious resource, our children. I will not let you down.

Respectfully,
Dr. Michael J. Forehand, Principal
Twitter: @MrForehand